CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 NOVEMBER 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR WHEN THE WEST PLAYS THE HYPOCRISY GAME ‘WON'T ALLOW PARALLEL ACTIVITIES IN CONGRESS’ P4 WEATHER Generally clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively ‘WE DON’T MIND GETTING A TROPHY MAKE BEST USE OF TRADE PACT WITH AUSTRALIA P7 P8 World Cup stunner: Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2-1 RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Goals by Saleh Alshehri, Salem Aldawsari in a five-minute span gave the Saudis the win Max. 70% Min. 52% AGENCIES Max: 29°C SUN RISES 05:54 hrs MOON RISES 04:59 hrs Min:17°C SUN SETS 16:51 hrs MOON SETS 16:18 hrs TEMPERATURE New moon on 24 November THUMBNAILS India moves two spots up to rank 8th in climate change performance index: India is now ranked eighth, after jumping up two spots, as per the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) published by German Watch, New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network International based in Germany. Denmark, Sweden, Chile and Morocco are the only four small countries that were ranked above India. DOHA, 22 NOVEMBER audi Arabia scored one of the biggest World Cup upsets ever by beating strong title contender Argentina 2-1 in the Group C opener, on Tuesday, dealing Lionel Messi’s quest to win the one major title to elude him a stunning blow. Goals by Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in a fiveminute span in the second half gave the Saudis the win after Argentina took an early lead with a 10thminute penalty by Messi. S The CV Ananda Bose to take oath today: The Governor designate for West Bengal, CV Ananda Bose will take his oath of office on Wednesday at the West Bengal Raj Bhavan. The former bureaucrat from Kerala was received by state ministers Firhad Hakim and Sashi Panja and chief secretary HK Dwidevi upon his arrival at (P3) Kolkata airport. Australian Parliament passes trade deal with India STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER The Australian Parliament today passed legislation to give effect to a trade deal with India that will open up greater opportunities for Indian and Australian exporters, businesses, workers and consumers. The Albanese government in Australia has worked hard to expeditiously advance all processes necessary, to ensure Australia is in a position to implement the agreement with India along with a similar pact with the United Kingdom before the end of 2022. The Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) is a great opportunity for Australian businesses as it will open up new markets to reach around 1.4 billion consumers in the world’s fastest-growing major economy. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said: “New trade agreements with India and the UK will strengthen our existing trade and economic relationships. These new agreements will create new opportunities for trade diversification and great outcomes for Australian business and Australian families.” FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,46,69,715 ACTIVE CASES 6,209 NEW CASES 294 NEW RECOVERIES 482 TOTAL DEATHS 5,30,591 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2022 Bengal logs 7 cases and zero deaths Argentina loss brought back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 win over an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona in the opening game Saudi Arabia player vies for the ball during the Group C match against Argentine at FIFA World Cup 2022, at Lusail Stadium, in Lusail on Tuesday. ANI of the 1990 World Cup. It also rivals other World Cup upsets like Senegal’s 1-0 win over titleholder France 1-0 in the 2002 tournament opener and the United States beatingEngland by the same score in 1950. On Tuesday, none of the 88,012 spectators at the Losail stadium, the arena which will host the final on 18 December, had the faintest of thoughts of the Asian minnows upstaging their famous rivals when the match kicked off. But in the end, Saudi Arabia walked away with full points. Argentina struck to a gameplan of putting up loads of men upfront, well-spaced, with one on each touchline. The attacking play yielded results. Messi, who was entrusted with a free-kick on the left flank set up Rodrigo De Paul on the edge, who shot into a defender. The referee went to consultVAR and Saud Abdulhamid was adjudged as having brought down Leandro Paredes, resulting in a penalty for Argentina. Messi stepped in to take the kick from the penalty spot, pigeon steps then hop and with the keeper committing early went down the right, rolled left sending the keeper the wrong way and giving Argentina the start they wanted. As the game progressed, the Saudis came into their own and combined to make a few forays into the rival half. They were committing men forward which shaped into an enjoyable contest. One such move down the right allowing Abdulhamid to cross from the right but Damian Martinez dived forward to collect. At the other end, Messi scored for the second time in the match in the 22nd minute but was pulled offside. A good 13 minutes later, Lautaro Martinez got into a one-onone situation, stepping over to commit the keeper before rolling in, but the goal was ruled out after a VAR review. In the second half, Saudi Arabia came back strongly and scored within three minutes after the start. Saleh Al Shehri's left-footed shot from the left side of the box ended in the bottom right corner, giving a finishing touch to a move by Feras Al Brikan. The Saudi supporters, who were outnumbered by the blue and white T-shirts in the stadium, suddenly went full blast with their vocal support for their team. And the players did not let them down with the Middle-East giants scoring a second goal in the 53rd minute with Salem Al Dawsari's right-footed shot from the left side of the box finishing in the top right corner. Thereafter Argentina pressed home for the equaliser but could not beat the last line of defense. A few of the Argentina players came close to scoring with Enzo Fernandez's header from the centre of the box going over the top, and then a Messi header from the centre of the box saved on the goal line in the 83rd minute. P12 Govt committed to utilising talent, energy of youth: PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER Calling the youth the biggest strength of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the government was according the highest priority to utilising their talent and energy for nation-building. He was addressing a gathering after distributing about 71,000 appointment letters to new recruits under the Rozgar Mela via video conferencing. He welcomed and complimented the new public servants and reminded them that they were assuming this important responsibility in a very special time period, i.e. Amrit Kaal. He highlighted their role in the country’s resolve to be a developed nation in the Amrit Kaal and asked them, as representatives of the central government, to understand their role and duties comprehensively and constantly focus on capacity-building. Noting that over 70,000 youth were being given appointment letters in more than 45 cities in India which would result in a new era of happiness for so many families, Mr Modi said: ''The Rozgar Mela of today is proof that the central government is working in mission mode to provide employment opportunities to the youth of the country.” Throwing light on the Kar- mayogi Bharat technology platform that was launched today, the PM said the availability of many online courses for government officials on this platform would be a great means for their skill development as well as benefit them in the days to come. He also touched upon the crisis created for the youth at the global level due to the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war. He said in this difficult time also, experts around the world were optimistic about India's growth trajectory. While initiatives like the productionlinked insurance (PLI) scheme would play a huge role in this, the main foundation would be the youth and the skilled manpower of the country. The PLI scheme was likely to create 60 lakh jobs, he said.Campaigns like Make in India, Vocal for local, and taking local, global were creating new opportunities for employment and self-employment, he added. “Possibility of new jobs in both the government and the private sector is continuously increasing. More importantly, these opportunities are emerging for the youth in their own cities and villages. This has reduced the compulsion of migration for the youth and they are able to play their role in the development of their area,” he said. Indo-Pacific regional dialogue on maritime issues to begin today Five civilians, forest guard killed in police firing near Assam-Meghalaya border STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER The 4th edition of the IndoPacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD), the apex-level international annual conference of the Indian Navy, will be held from 23 to 25 November in New Delhi. The theme of IPRD-2022 is ‘Operationalising the IndoPacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI)’, which was articulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bangkok, at the 14th East Asia Summit (EAS) in November 2019. The IPOI Is a comprehensive and inclusive construct for regional cooperation that is focused on seven interconnected spokes or pillars: Maritime Security, Maritime Ecology, Maritime Resources, Disaster Risk-reduction and Management, Trade-Con- nectivity and Maritime Transport, Capacity-building and Resource sharing, and Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation. The six thematicallyarranged sessions of the IPRD2022 are: Weaving the Fabric of Holistic Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific: Multilateral Options; Constructing Holistic-Security Bridges across the Western and Eastern Maritime Expanse of the Indo-Pacific; Building maritime Connectivity: Ports, Trade, and Transport; Capacity-building and Capability Enhancement Leveraging the Physical and Social Sciences; Practical approaches to a Regional Blue Economy; and Disaster Risk-reduction and Management; Solutions for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Vulnerable Littoral States. As part of the event, globally renowned speakers and eminent panelists will explore how the areas of maritime cooperation envisaged in the IPOI could be optimally and inclusively operationalised. In addition, there will be an Inaugural Session and a Margdarshan (Guidance) session which would include addresses by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of Environment Bhupendra Yadav, and Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt. SHILLONG/GUWAHATI, 22 NOVEMBER In another inter-state flare-up, at least six people, five civilians of Meghalaya and an Assam forest guard, died in a firing incident involving Assam police and forest guards early on Tuesday. The Meghalaya government has suspended mobile internet and data services in seven districts of the state. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, briefing media in Shillong, charged that Assam Police and forest guards entered Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills district and resorted to "unprovoked" firing, killing the five civilians of Meghalaya. An unknown forest guard of Assam was also killed in the firing, he said. Sangma said that the Assam Police and forest guards intercepted a truck carrying timber at Mukroh village and after that, a large number of people from the village reached the spot and surrounded the police and forest guards lead- Aaftab admits in court to murdering Shraddha in ‘heat of the moment’ SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER The accused in the Shraddha Walkar murder case, Aaftab Amin Poonawala on Tuesday told a Delhi court that he murdered his girlfriend in the “heat of the moment”. The Saket court today extended the police custody of Aftab Poonawala to four more days after he was produced before the court via video conferencing in a special hearing. Aaftab was produced before the Saket court here after his five-day police custody expired. “What happened that happened in heat of the moment,” Aaftab told the court. Aaftab also said that he is cooperating in the investigation. He further told the court that he is having difficulty in recalling the incident. The accused allegedly strangled and then chopped to pieces the body of his live-in partner Shraddha Walker in May this year. The Delhi Police has also moved a lower court seeking permission to conduct a polygraph test on Poonawala. Police had earlier said Poonawala, who confessed to killing his live-in partner and chopping her body into 35 pieces, was giving misleading answers to questions. Metropolitan magistrate Aviral Shukla of Saket Court referred the matter to Magistrate Vijayshree Rathore, who granted permission for a narco analysis test on Aftab. The plea for a polygraph test is the second scientific examination that Delhi police sought to conduct on Aaftab. On Thursday, the court ordered Rohini Forensic Science Laboratory to conduct a narco test on Aaftab within five days. Also, a plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking a transfer of investigation in the Shraddha murder case from Delhi Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Delhi Police solved the six-month-old blind murder case and arrested Aftab Amin Poonawalla on the basis of Shraddha's father's complaint. Aftab and Shraddha met on a dating site and later moved CMYK in together at a rented accommodation in Chhatarpur. Delhi police received a complaint from Shraddha's father and registered an FIR on November 10. Delhi Police interrogation revealed that Aftab Poonawala killed Shraddha on May 18 and later started planning for disposing of her body. He told police that he had read about human anatomy so that it could help him in chopping off the body. Police said that Aftab, after searching on Google, cleaned blood stains from the floor with some chemicals and disposed of stained clothes. He shifted the body in the bathroom and bought a refrigerator from a nearby shop. Later, he chopped the body into small pieces and put them in the fridge. Meanwhile, a Delhi court has ordered Rohini Forensic Science Lab to conduct a narco test of accused Aftab Poonawala within five days. ing to the firing by the latter. Strongly condemning the incident, Mr Sangma said that state Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui visited the spot and an FIR has been registered by the Meghalaya Police. According to the Chief Minister, Thal Shadap, 45, Nikhasi Dhar, 65, and Sik Talang 55, died on the spot, while Tal Nartiang, 40 and Chirup Sumer, 40 succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. “The Meghalaya Government strongly condemned the incident where the Assam Police and Assam forest guards entered Meghalaya and resorted to unprovoked firing. The state government would take all kinds of steps to ensure that justice is served, and action is taken against those responsible for this inhuman act," Mr Sangma told the media. He said that as a mark of respect and mourning for the deceased, the state government has decided to cancel all official festivals including the Shillong Cherry Blossom festival. He also announced an exgratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. The state Cabinet would meet on Tuesday to decide on the next course of action. He also appealed to all citizens to maintain peace and harmony in the state. Meanwhile, Assam's West Karbi Anglong district's Superintendent of Police Imdad Ali earlier on Tuesday said that Forest Department officials intercepted a truck that was transporting illegal wood at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning. One lakh cyber fighters will be trained in Jharkhand to thwart Jamtara gangs SNS & AGENCIES RANCHI, 22 NOVEMBER In order to thwart the Jamtara gang of cybercriminals, the Jharkhand government's Department of Higher and Technical Education, Jharkhand Technical University and Cyber Vidyapeeth Foundation have set a target to train one lakh cyber fighters in the coming 5 years. The Online 'Cyber Vidyapeeth' has been started with the goal to develop the state as a cyber defence corridor. The action plan regarding cyber security was shared in a workshop at Jharkhand Technical University (JUT). It was announced that the cyber fighters would be the most important part of the corridor. To achieve this target, cyber security skill courses have been started in the state's Vinoba Bhave University and Cyber Vidyapeeth Foundation. Shashank S. Garudayar, chairman, Cyber Vidyapeeth Foundation, said that excellent career prospects would be available for the youth trained in the cyber protection course. He added that the sector had a shortage of talent with a need of 3.1 million cyber trainers and 60 million cyber professionals worldwide. The initiative in Jharkhand is a step in this direction, said Garudyar. He stated the possibility of the area being developed into a cyber defence business hub.
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